The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Medal of Excellence is one of the Association's highest honors for kidney healthcare professionals and is designed to elevate local, national and international figures who have been in the forefront of advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. The award recognizes professionals who are committed to improving and extending the lives of all kidney patients through advocacy, research, technology and quality-driven treatments that protect patient dignity and fully align with patient aspirations. This prestigious award program recognizes a variety of professionals within the health care team including: nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant professionals, nurses, social workers, dietitians and dialysis technicians.
AAKP Congratulates the 2021 Medal of Excellence Award Recipients
Janice Lea, MD, MSC, FASN (Atlanta, GA)
TRANSPLANT SURGEON CATEGORY
Michael Alan Rees, MD, PhD (Toledo, OH)
TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY
Emily A. Blumberg, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST (Philadelphia, PA)
Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN (Lawrenceville, GA)
SOCIAL WORK CATEGORY
Shannon Wright, BSW (Raleigh, NC)
Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD (Portland, OR)
Katy Wilkens, MS, RD (Seattle, WA)
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: RESEARCH & POLICY
Barry H. Smith, PhD, MD (New York, NY)
Kathy Schiro Harvey, MS, RDN, CSR (Everett, WA)
DIALYSIS TECHNICIAN CATEGORY
Brenda Rickards, CHT, CCHT-A, FKNF (Columbia, SC)
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Past Award Recipients
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